COVID-19 Safety Guidelines on Our Tours
To all our valued guests:
For your safety and the safety of our crew, these are some of the measures we have implemented on our vessel. We expect our guests to respect and abide by the guidelines we’ve put in place with safety in mind. Kindly keep in mind there are inherent risks and a social responsibility guests assume by choosing to join us for a charter. We’ll be running a limited schedule until the demand for charters increases. We thank you for your patience, understanding, and cooperation!
- We’ve increased the frequency of disinfecting surfaces and high traffic areas between each dive, and hand sanitizer will be available to all of our guests.
- Employees receive daily wellness checks, including temperature checks, to ensure they are healthy and symptom-free. If you or anyone in your group is experiencing symptoms, we will work directly with you to cancel or reschedule your charter.
- Guests will have their temperature checked prior to boarding.
- The Crew and guests are required to wear face coverings when above water. We highly recommend buffs or neck gaiters because they can be pulled down around your neck as you are putting your regulator in your mouth and used when wet.
- The Crew will sanitize their hands frequently
- Guests will be required to sanitize hands prior to boarding and before & after snacking.
- Guests will stay at a safe 6-foot distance when possible while waiting to board, boarding the vessel, on deck, entering the water, exiting the water, and departing the vessel.
- After each trip, the vessels are cleaned and sanitized
- Rental regulators are disinfected with a CDC recommended and EPA-N list approved solution for Covid-19. At this time we cannot disinfect BCD’s and Wetsuits for Covid-19.
Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness and should stay at home. For more info, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.
Additionally, All employees have been given guidelines from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which include; wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. For more info, please visit https://covid19info.ocgov.com/.
How does Covid-19 change the guest experience?
- Capacity is currently limited to 12 guests on our 46ft Newton Dive Special.
- This provides plenty of area for social distancing.
- The Honu Lele will remain a 6 passenger vessel.
- For the time being, we will only be taking certified divers and our diver to dive guide ratio will be 8:1 on the Honu One and 6:1 on the Honu Lele
- Free Nitrox is still available. Crew will analyze the tanks while the guest observes.
- Upon request, we will continue to offer valet style service in setting up our guest’s personal scuba equipment. The crew will sanitize their hands in between each diver. We advise divers to set up their own kit.
- Rental regulators are disinfected with a CDC recommended and EPA-N list approved solution for Covid-19. At this time we cannot disinfect BCD’s and Wetsuits for Covid-19. We encourage guests that have not yet purchased their own equipment to take the plunge and use Covid19 as your excuse to complete your dive kit! Click here to find more reasons to complete your dive kit!
- Guests will have their own personal mask rinse bucket on the Honu One. Do not use spit as a defog. If you wish to do so wait until you are in the ocean. We will spray your mask with defog and you will use your individual rinse bucket.
- The Honu Lele will use the hose to rinse masks.
- The gear rinse bucket has been removed from the vessel. We will no longer be rinsing gear on board.
- We are no longer able to store personal equipment. A complimentary tote will be provided for the transport of your equipment to and from the boat when you are diving with us for multiple days.
- Rental masks and snorkels are not available. Divers must use their own mask and snorkel.
- Waivers MUST be signed prior to arriving at the boat. Guests will use their personal devices to complete waivers. You must be able to present your dive card prior to boarding the vessel – physical or ecard.
- Guests need to bring their own REUSABLE and full water bottle to limit your risk of using the communal water refill station on board. Crew will re-fill your bottles.
- When completing your pre-dive safety check do not put the octopus in your mouth to test. Push to purge with two fingers covering the mouthpiece.
- Keep your regulator and mask on until you are back at your designated station.
What about visiting the shop?
- CDC recommended face masks are required to be worn while in the dive shop or waiting to enter
- Do not enter if you feel ill, have a cough, or fever
- At this time we are only permitting a maximum of 4 guests in the dive shop. Kindly take a peek inside & do a count. If you see other guests take a seat outside or wait in your car. If you have more than 4 people in your party kindly have them remain outside.
- Maintain 6ft of social distancing while inside – no hugs or physical greetings – shaka’s only
- Our changing room is closed and trying on clothes or equipment is limited
- Masks may be limited for try on’s due to disinfection processes per CDC guidelines
- We are not accepting returns
- Restrooms are unavailable
Is Hawaii open for tourism?
Currently, there is a 14-day mandatory quarantine for all arriving passengers until July 31st. Starting Aug. 1, travelers who test negative for coronavirus no more than 72 hours before arriving in Hawaii will be able to avoid the state’s mandatory quarantine.
- Beginning August 1, travelers to Hawaii who have a valid negative COVID-19 FDA-approved PCR test from a CLIA-certified laboratory prior to arriving at Hawaii’s airports will not be subject to the 14-day quarantine. To reiterate, this test result must be done prior to arrival and the traveler must present evidence of this test upon arrival. Travelers will be responsible for the cost of the pre-travel test.
- No testing will be provided upon arrival at the airport.
- The 14-day quarantine will remain in place for those who choose not to get pre-tested.
- Temperature checks will continue at airports across the state. Anyone with a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees or who is experiencing other symptoms will be required to undergo a secondary screening at the airport with trained healthcare staff.
- Travelers will be required to fill out the State Travel and Health forms upon arrival.
- Everyone must wear facial masks in all Hawaii airports and when entering places of business.
Refer to this website for the most current information https://hidot.hawaii.gov/coronavirus/